5 weekend getaways: South Australia

By Lachlan Probyn,

Looking to venture out of the city for the weekend? You’re invited along to our weekend getaways series. We’ve looked at trivago’s top searched South Australian destinations outside of Adelaide to help you along the way.

From the picturesque vineyards of the Barossa to the idyllic coastal strip of Kangaroo Island, spend the weekend with us in one of these dreamy destinations. Pack your best frock, choose an appropriate playlist, and get out of the city for some much-needed R&R. Meet you there…

Victor Harbor

Most popular month to visit: January

The Fleurieu Peninsula is one of South Australia’s favourite playgrounds, and in its heart you’ll find the charming seaside town of Victor Harbor. Just a 75-minute drive from the centre of Adelaide, Victor (as the locals refer to it) offers a myriad of activities that simply beckon a weekend away.

Keen surfers can satisfy their adrenaline craving at nearby Boomer Beach and Knights Beach, while those looking for a more leisurely seaside stroll can find solace in scenic Horseshoe Bay.


Barossa Valley

Most popular month to visit: September

“The Barossa is the ideal place for a weekend getaway. Just an hour’s drive from Adelaide, it has unique wine experiences; plenty of boutique accommodation options; and top quality destination restaurants showcasing the best of local produce.”


Brent Hill, Director of Marketing, South Australian Tourism Commission

An etching of woven vineyards is sewn into rambling golden hills. Twisted, native shrubbery flanks the roads, while the scent of wine fragrances the air with a ripe aroma. Welcome to the Barossa.

While locals may prefer to keep this sanctuary top secret, the Barossa has become a cherished weekend destination for South Australians and the rest of the world alike. Often likened to Bordeaux, Napa, and Tuscany, the Barossa means business when it comes to delivering superb wine.


Most popular month to visit: December

“Robe is a picturesque town along the south coast of the state. You can drive on the beach itself, dine on some of the best seafood and local produce in the state, and the Coonawarra wine region is just an hour away for those stunning bold reds.”


-Tanya Jarman, Senior Manager Global Markets, South Australian Tourism Commission

A quaint seaside town, nestled on South Australia’s scenic Limestone Coast, Robe is certain to leave you tickled pink. Just over a three-hour drive from Adelaide, you can be greeted by a rugged coastline that’s positioned against gentle, calm beaches.

The highlight is arguably Long Beach, which offers 17 kilometres worth of golden sand and permits direct car access. Our tip? Pack a tasty hamper, and spend the afternoon there.


Most popular month to visit: September

“Hahndorf is an easy place to fall in love. It’s such a diverse melting pot of cultural influence and rustic Adelaide Hills charm. A once kitsch, Bavarian tourist village, has now been transformed into a local hub of food, wine, art and artisan produce to make it a must visit destination in SA.”


– Tully Challen, Communications & Digital Manager, The Lane Vineyard

With its Tudor, wood-panelled pubs, rustic cake shops, and green draping plain trees, Hahndorf is a slice of Germany right in the heart of South Australia. Established in 1939, and recognised as Australia’s oldest German settled town, Hahndorf makes for a cultural weekend getaway that’s just a 30-minute drive from Adelaide.

Kangaroo Island

Most popular month to visit: December

“Kangaroo Island has such a wide range of pristine produce that we incorporate in all our unique dining venues. These can range from the King George Whiting, Oysters, Sheep’s cheese, Honey to our award-winning wines and spirits.”


-Sasha Sachs, Owner, Hannaford & Sachs

An island steeped in history, Kangaroo Island is close to South Australia’s mainland in geography, but a million miles away in experience. A 90-minute drive from Adelaide to Cape Jervis, and then a 45-minute ferry crossing, Kangaroo Island is an idyllic weekend getaway. If you’re prone to a little seasickness, Regional Express also offers direct flights from Adelaide Airport which take a mere 20 minutes.

The island is rich in native wildlife and rugged beauty, with more than 1/3 made up of national parks. The largest of these is Flinders Chase, which boasts the stunning, wind-swept Remarkable Rocks.

Cover image: Jacob's Creek - SATC